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Duets of Mohd Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar

This article is by Mr. Robin Bhat

Attached a fascinating spreadsheet on the subject, with thanks to all the anthology experts (primarily Mr. Ghanam’s book) for their unasked-for permission to replicate.

Without bias against any other singer, the Mohammed Rafi-Lata Mangeshkar duet is my favourite of that form of song.

Kishore, Hemant, Talat, Manna, Mukesh, Udit all have their classics here but the depth of song, the length of experience, the breadth of voice and the sweep of hfm history comes together nowhere as best in a duet as that of one from Rafi and Lata.

There is much in this file to discuss. Five music directors numerically account for over half of their duets.

From a personal favorites side, I rank the best as those from SJ, then KA, then LP, taking also into account the amount of investment they made in Rafi-Lata.

Though they were all mostly terrific songs, SDB had only about a dozen, RDB less than 20.

Regards..Robin

PDF Document
Duets of Mohd Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar

Total Duets 407
Total Mixed 37
Total all songs 444
PDF Document
Duets of Mohd Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar with other singers

Top 5 MDs
MD Song(s) %age
LP 74 17%
SJ 50 11%
KA 38 9%
Naushad 32 7%
Chitragupta 31 7%
Total 225 51%
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19 Blog Comments to “Duets of Mohd Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar”

  1. musa says:

    may god bless you . you make me proud of my indian ancestray.

  2. MohamedRafiq Dadani says:

    Thanks a lot for the pdf file of Rafi,Lata duets. Where can I find pdf for rafi solos?

  3. Sajid Amin says:

    I sajid From jammu i Think Mohd Rafi , Lata Mangeshkar and all the old singer which are take away film industry lot of miles…………

  4. sharafudeen p.a says:

    Today first time I got Rafi songs in internet, very happy. thanks

  5. Vinay says:

    Very happy to see this PDF. I am a Lata devotee and Love Rafi sahab for his versatility and more than that for his “VOICE” . I remember only one sentence by singer S Janaki , when ever I listen Rafi sahab .She says “Every singer is great and had their own great songs , but what ever Rafi sahab sings is great ,It comes from heart and touches your heart . When he sings Yaad naa jaaye , I have no other option but becoming uncontrollably emotional “.Lataji and Rafi sahab had sung several great compositions. Especially their duets for Naushad sahab and S D Burman daa are out of world ! I remember how crazy I was when I discovered “jhoole main pawan ke aayi bahar” .

  6. asrar says:

    hi , i am asrar, from delhi. main bhi raffi ke song ka dewana hun. aur isi lie gaata bhi hun. aur is lie main ek ladki dhund raha hun jo lata ke geet ka diwani ho. hum apna ek groupe banana chahte hain . agar koi ladki chahti hai to . plz contect apna de main call karunga. be honest. asrar_now2002@yahoo.in

  7. asrar says:

    hi , i am asrar, from delhi. main bhi raffi ke song ka dewana hun. aur isi lie gaata bhi hun. aur is lie main ek ladki dhund raha hun jo lata ke geet ka diwani ho. hum apna ek groupe banana chahte hain . agar koi ladki chahti hai to . plz contect apna de main call karunga. be honest.

  8. VKK says:

    (Beautiful collection!)

    I have a query though:

    I am trying to recall a rafi and lata(?) duet but just can’t get the words right. I know the tune. Lyrics go something like (snippets):

    Kali se chahe pooche aaj ….. (Rafi)

    O O OOO O .., pehli nazariya choope rahegi (Lata)

    …..

    Ye dil kyoon aata jaata hai (Rafi) …..

    (I could be off on lyrics here and there). Any leads anyone?

    Feel free to email me at vkalyan@yahoo.com

  9. bhawani says:

    if God has a voice it cant be better than that of Rafi Saab’s. Comparing Rafi Saab with any other singer is just foolishness, coz God’s are not compared with human beings.

  10. Latha says:

    I got it it’s resham ki dori song the film is Saajan.

  11. Latha says:

    I want to know the starting line of the song, the duet of Lata nd Mohammad Rafi of 70′s song the stanza is ‘Peepal ki chanyyan hoi’.Please let me know.aThank you.

  12. Rajinder says:

    I have always wondered, how our lives would have been without Rafi, Lata, Kishore in that order. At the same time, many many thanks to all the music directors of the bygone era. Without their compositions, our lives would have been a misery.

  13. Md.Rafi & Latamangshkar is gret singer.

  14. suprajit Mridha says:

    Md. Rafi & lata Mangshkar is gret singer

  15. nikki says:

    Mohd Rafi was a gr8 singer…..

    infact he is a legend……

    no1 can sing lik him……..

    all f his songs r just aweeeeeeeeesome…….

  16. A S MURTY says:

    Once again, I find that the website has more to offer than I had known earlier. this article and the pdf files are a gift to be stored. Mr pratik maitra is right when he says that “sajan” had the “resham ki dori” duet as well. the song “saajan, saajan pukarun” is a solo sung by rafi sahab and lata separately and not a duet.

  17. shahnaz anjum says:

    I like Rafi and Lata duet songs very much.I am listening their songs when I was 18 and today I m 45 years old.I’ve large collection of their lovely songs. I am fan of these two singers.No body can sing like them.God has given them so sweet and melodious voice.

  18. Pratik Maitra says:

    Correct me if I am wrong, but Saajan has another duet too. The song goes like “Resham Ki Dori . . . .”

  19. Bonifacius says:

    Great article. I am just sad I dont know how to reply properly, though, since I want to show my appreciation like many other.

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